Aug 26, 2012

~ inspired home... architectural inspiration



Part 1
Architectural Inspiration: Exterior
As promised, another inspired home. It's everyone's favorite thing about The French Tangerine... and also mine. The opportunity to peek into someone else's home is unique, and I am so grateful when people "get it" and are willing to share their personal space and belongings in such an intimate and special way. It's all about getting inspired... recognizing and appreciating a shared love of home. 



This lovely home belongs to a longtime dear friend. Our kids are friends and my guess is that their kids will be friends. She is a wonderful mother, a fabulous artist, and has a heart of gold. Her home is one of the most special and unique I've ever encountered. Spirited when it comes to decorating, her keen sense of design and great taste are evident in everything she does. Mixing serious and fun is not easy, but you will see it done at it's best in this home. 

Luckily, there weren't many restrictions on where I could take photos. The result? A series of posts as I couldn't possibly share such volume appropriately in a single post. This home warrants loving attention, and will be better appreciated in parts. 
I'll begin with the exterior, properly setting the stage for what's to come. This home owner has a distinct fascination with architecture as is evident in the attention to detail throughout the home. Exploring the exterior, we were met with charming surprises around every turn. Architectural elements are tastefully and brilliantly incorporated into the stonework... 







I almost missed this camouflaged face...

Love him!





Another fascination? Doors. You will find exactly zero boring doors in this house. The front door shown here is a good indication of what can be found on the inside.


Beautiful antique accents are found throughout the property...


OMG





Check out the cupola. Tulips hang daintily complete with delicate stamen...


Adjacent to the gorgeous home are garages and patio and a pool...

Not necessarily recognizable as such...



The pool is up the steps to the left...


It's difficult to describe the magnitude of this vast property. Allow me to back up and share the entrance...



Driving through the trees, playful bears entertain guests...

Just when you think you might be lost, there it is...


The views are impressive everywhere you look. Truly breathtaking... 














Adorable doggies! 

This is the perfect introduction to what's inside. You are in for a real treat my friends! Architectural Inspiration: Part 2 coming up...

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16 comments:

pve design said...

Stupendous!
pve

carolyn bradford said...

This is stunning! I can't wait for the next post! The grounds are spectacular and the house incredible! I love places like this…it reminds me of my best friends house and acreage only the style of house is different. It's always a treat to visit her! Thanks for sharing these great photos!

Acquired Objects said...

I love your friends home! All the green men and elements she had put into/on the house are fabulous. I can't wait to see part two!

XX
Debra~

P.S. I'll trade you my garden ornaments for your new petite mirrors....lol.

Decoratopia said...

This is so awesome. The attention to detail on the exterior of this home is incredible. How many artists do you know?! Seems like there have been several in the inspired homes. I can't wait to see the inside. Thanks to you and your friend for sharing!

pretty pink tulips said...

WOW....that was an incredible tour! Your friend's home is architecturally stunning and humorous. She must be a lot of fun!!!

Can't wait to see more!
xoxo Elizabeth

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, I love it and love all the little faces in the stone. Can't wait to see more.

David & Dianne said...

Thank you Jan and your friend for sharing this amazing home. The attention to detail here is definitely "inspired"--as your other readers, I am anxious to see more!!!

annie said...

just gorgeous!

Cote de Texas said...

I have NEVER seen those faces put like that into the side of a house!!! amazing!!!! the owner must have a good sense of humor and be a lot of fun. Your blog is beautiful!

Joni

The enchanted home said...

Breathtaking!!!!! More more more! Love all the stone, the walls, the doors..its all incredible!

Missi Smith said...

There are no words for how stunning this property is ... OMG!!

I am a HUGE cupola fan and I have never seen one more beautiful and unique as this one. Gorgeous!

Is this an old house or did your friend build it? The faces are so funny.

Maggie said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to see part deux.

BRASWELL said...

this is a stunning home + details, details, details! can't wait for part II. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Lauren said...

Wow what a gorgeous home! Can't wait to see the inside! I always look forward to your posts, always beautiful and entertaining!

Lauren

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

OMG this home is breathtaking!! I LOVE all that beautiful stone and the sweet little faces hidden in there. Their grounds are just as stunning! Can't wait to see more!

mollie's mom said...

The grounds are absolutely scrumptious - those flowers!!!! Marcie